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Self-Determination of Women’s Own Body and Strong Volunteerism in the Ethics of Abortion

  • Journal of Humanities
  • 2019, (73), pp.331-360
  • DOI : 10.31310/HUM.073.10
  • Publisher : Institute for Humanities
  • Research Area : Humanities > Other Humanities
  • Received : March 17, 2019
  • Accepted : May 8, 2019
  • Published : May 31, 2019

Jang Dong-ik 1

1공주교육대학교

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ABSTRACT

If we suppose that the fetus is a person, then it would be morally wrong to kill a person for no reason. But women have the right to determine the future of their body at their own will. This right for their own bodies is a strong reason that abortionists present in favor of abortion. The important element with regard to women’s self-determination and abortion is to reveal in what cases and how much self-determination is restricted by the life rights of the fetus. Here I have described in detail the strong volunteerism in having sex and the unfair violation of women’s body by the fetus. I have fully examined that women could allow the fetus to use their bodies only if they have sex based on strong volunteerism. After describing the difficulties of these claims grounded on strong volunteerism of voluntary sexual activity, I showed that women’s demands for abortion would still be valid, even in spite of its difficulties.

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